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Austin: Theater

Life in Austin is just different than it is in the rest of the Lone Star State, so much so that some people say, “I don’t live in Texas. I live in Austin.” The city is a bubble of diversity – fresh opinions, alternative lifestyles, and frontier attitudes – with a rebellious tinge and a can-do, will-do spirit. Austinites are a fearless breed; those who come here from other parts of the state and beyond quickly adapt to the notion that residents have a responsibility to live up to the capital’s unofficial slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.”

The city’s theatrical scene reflects all of this. You’ll find a wide variety of offerings on Austin’s plentiful stages, from experimental to traditional and everything in between. The local talent pool ranges from fledgling actors who trained in the University of Texas’s acclaimed BFA program to seasoned performers who honed their chops elsewhere but got here as fast as they could and are now proud to call Austin home. Enjoy! (Audrey Webb)

Austin Theater: Theater Around Austin

Below are our Austin Theater recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest in Austin Art.

Austin Playhouse

Though relatively new to the Austin theater scene – it was founded and chartered in August 2000 – the Austin Playhouse has a local theater pedigree stretching back more than 25 years, to the days when Artistic Director/Producer Don Toner was working at the Live Oak Theatre. In barely more than a decade, the Playhouse has become one of the high points on Austin’s artistic landscape. The theater currently stages …more…

Austin Shakespeare

Austin Shakespeare was founded in 1985 to offer summertime productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, located in Zilker Park (see listing below for other theater at that location). In 2001, the company expanded from a summer festival to a year-round producing organization, broadening its scope to include the works of other great playwrights. In addition to its summer shows in the park, the company …more…

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater

Zilker Theater Productions – and by extension the Zilker Hillside Theater – began in 1959 as a project of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Today, it is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the Broadway musical, mounting large-scale productions under the Texas summer sky.  Pay-as-you-wish admission, a blanket, a picnic basket, a cool breeze, and live theater – what more could you want?

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater …more…

Hyde Park Theatre

Hyde Park Theatre is the umbrella organization for Da! Theatre Collective and the performance home to many of Austin’s best alternative artists and companies. In addition to a mainstage season, HPT curates FronteraFest, the largest performance festival in the Southwest. ...more...

Mary Moody Northen Theatre

St. Edward’s University is home to one of the nation’s few undergraduate-only theater programs incorporating a full season under the Actors’ Equity Association U/RTA agreement. The Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates on a professional model and is at the core of the university’s training program; in shows presented here, students work alongside professional guest actors, designers, and directors, earning points toward membership in AEA and exploring all facets of theatrical production. …more…

Rude Mechanicals

Since 1995, the Rude Mechanicals have created a slew of original productions with the goal of mixing “big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.” An ensemble-based company committed to the collaborative creation of new works for the stage, as well as to the development of young artists and new voices in the theatre, the Rude Mechs seek to present socially and politically conscious work, to blur the boundaries separating artistic …more…

Teatro Vivo

Founded in 2000, Teatro Vivo’s mission is to produce quality bilingual theater accessible to all theater audiences and artists. The theater company has mounted nineteen shows since it was founded, staging the majority of them at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, and ran the Austin Latino New Play Festival in April 2011. ...more...

ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre is Austin’s leading professional producing theatre. Founded in 1932, the ZACH is one of Austin’s most vibrant and innovative arts organizations and the longest-running theatre company in Texas; it serves, on average, more than 85,000 adults and youth annually. ...more...